The collector car market might be in jeopardy, but that doesn’t make this 1970 Chevrolet Nova Yenko Deuce any less desirable in our minds.
This ’70 Chevy Nova Yenko Deuce, which was auctioned at Mecum’s Kissimmee event earlier in the month, is one of just 53 examples that were built with the Turbo 400 automatic transmission, fitted with a special floor-mounted Hurst Dual Gate shifter. While we typically prefer our cars to have three pedals, we found this feature to be one of our favorites about the car.
The Yenko designation means that this Nova was built using the COPO ordering system. Due to the increasing insurance premiums of the time, power was supplied by a 350-cubic-inch V8 – not a 427, as with previous Yenko models. The high-revving motor was still a potent ally, however, producing 360 horsepower. It boasts forged aluminum pistons, a factory aluminum intake, dual-feed Holley 4-barrel, and a dual-snorkel air cleaner. In 1970, it was officially only available in the Corvette and Z/28.
This Yenko Deuce was restored by Schoenthaler Restorations in Donahue, Iowa, and it appears to be in fantastic condition. The lot description on the Mecum Auctions website doesn’t list the car’s winning bid, but Mecum had forecast a sale price between $125k and $150k. That would make it significantly more expensive than a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.
It’s also objectively cooler.